From the Students of Lycee Paul Gaugin School in Tahiti, French Polynesia we received this message.
“We are grade 10 students studying at Lycée Paul Gauguin. We are three girls, Hania, Heiariki and Leiali’I speaking on behalf of our classmates.
Last month we worked on the LPG Peace Quilt 2015, we drew drawings to show what peace means for us and we organized a poster contest.
After that, we made groups. Each group worked on a Nobel peace prize winner and we answered two questions: “What was in your mind when you were creating your drawing?” and “Why do you think peace is important?”
We did all the project with our English teacher in English class.
The students of grade 10 at LPG.
Following are the submitted writings from the students of the Lycee Paul Gaugin School in Tahiti.
When we drew our drawing we wanted to do something original and to participate in the peace quilt and Peace day. We chose this drawing to represent the LPG school on the International peace quilt 2016 Rio Games.
Peace is important for everyone, because without peace maybe there are wars in all countries. It’s important to have a good relationship with others.
Without Peace there is no world heritage, education, equality and we aren’t free.
IF YOU WANT TO BE FREE, FIGHT FOR PEACE.
Timeri, Kim, Ravea, Rémona
When we created the drawing, we put peace symbols, as the peace and love sign, the dove bird and the Buddha. We were thinking about tolerance, acceptation, love, non-violence, globally all human values, because all of them could bring peace on earth. Violence comes from bad and greedy mentalities, we wanted to show that the world misses humanity
We think peace is important because violence prevents communication, agreement; it even prevents negotiations. Communication is the basis, we don’t need wars to resolve problems, because that doesn’t resolve anything! That makes deaths, blood, tears, despair. The world doesn’t need despair, it needs love and sharing.
Bring humanity in mentalities.
Manon, Cloé, Lokelani, Tauhiti, Camille
In our mind, peace is important because without peace we will die with the wars in the world. To be happy and solidarity we need peace. When we are in peace we are not racist too. Anywhere and anytime, war is present. Nobody can escape war, anywhere we go, someone can kill us, for any reasons. Today, some countries are at the war, because peace isn’t present, they are not peaceful. At school, some students bully the others, and it’s too bad because the victim can be suicidal. Bullying isn’t like peace.
WE NEED PEACE IN THE WORLD !
Heirani, Serena, Heimanu, Cheyenne
1) Our drawing is a peace message for the countries at war to stop violence. There are lots of victims killed by terrorists or bombs. The war is scary. It’s unfair that we live in security, happiness, love and harmony in French Polynesia while teenagers in Iraq for example are massacred.
2) We need peace to have a better life and a better world. Peace is essential for a good harmony in our world and happiness for everybody. We need peace because wars destroy our world.
Wars get out of the way and let peace in the place!
Heivaiura, Ranitea, Vahiaunui, Herearii, Raimoana
1/When we created this drawing, we wanted to pass a message for the countries at war. The message is to stop war, the violence, fighting, because violence represents death.
2/At the beginning, it was homework for us. After, we realized that it was important. Peace is important for the functioning of the world because all people should be equal. The word peace means love, happiness, being together.
NG, Britch, Allison, Sharon
Above are some of the many drawings produced by the students of Lycee Paul Gaugin School in Tahiti.
1) We thought about peace symbols because everybody understands the symbols, even if other people don’t speak the same language.
2) We think peace is important because we all want a better world. Wars create a lot of wounds, destruction and despair. War shows humanity’s dark side and all the worst they are able to do. The motive to fight is often useless, stupid. We are always scared with war. Everybody needs to feel protected, safe and to be equal. We are afraid to be killed or to lose the people. War is not fair. We need peace to live together without wars.
~ With Peace, we can have a better World and a better life together ~
Eva, David, Here-Ata, Vairuna and Heimoana
A special thank you to all the students involved and to Caroline Vonsy, English teacher, for coordinating the project for French Polynesia.
The French Polynesian flag depicts a canoe (piroque), sailing under a golden sun. Its crew of five represent the five island groups: the Austral, Gambier, Marquesas, Society and Tuamotu chains. Red and white are traditional Polynesian colours.